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Nova Scotias Primary Health Care Transition on Track

first_imgHealth Minister Angus MacIsaac stated today, Nov. 7, that fundingdesignated for primary health care information technology will bespent as intended and not “clawed back” as reported. “This investment in information technology will have direct andvery clear benefits to virtually everyone who uses our healthcare system,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “We’ve committed to thisinvestment, and any claims that we’re clawing it back are simplywrong.” Recently, the Department of Health met with representatives fromthe province’s nine district health authorities to discuss thedevelopment of the Electronic Patient Record system across theprovince. Electronic patient records allow for patient care information tobe shared among health-care teams within communities. The recordsare part of a health-care model to improve the way Canadiansreceive primary care, now most commonly accessed at a doctor’soffice. Nova Scotia’s share of the four-year Primary Health CareTransition Fund from Health Canada is about $17 million. About $4million was earmarked for the electronic patient recordinitiative. This money will be spent in 2004-05 and 2005-06, andwill be held centrally until evidence shows the most cost-effective way to implement electronic patient record technologyin Nova Scotia. “We have committed to electronic patient records for Nova Scotia,and we are accountable to the federal government to implement thesystem,” Mr. MacIsaac said. -30-last_img read more